talking about

MOVIES and SERIES

Proficiency Level:

⊕ Intermediate High – Advanced Mid

Length: approximately
AP Connections:

⊕ Contemporary Life

 ⊕ Science and Technology

Talking about these topics:

⊕ movies, series, TV shows

⊕ actors, actresses 

⊕ directors and other jobs

Using these language skills:

⊕ describing

⊕ retelling

⊕ giving opinions, complaining

 ⊕ predicting

Planning

Ideas

Objectives

I can

Experiences/Homework

Ideas

Connect with a local TV station.

Watch a documentary on in TL.

See if a local university has cinematography classes.

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Assessments

Ideas

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Proficiency is about communication and what you can do with the language, not isolated knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, or rules. Who cares what they know. I want to see what they can do. So let’s start the year with something both students and native speakers are actually talking about, something that helps them connect with the target culture, and something that gives you as the teacher, insight on how you can help them improve. 

This is a unit idea that I would use for returning high school language students to start with something new and recycle the old. Plus, I added some ideas for authentic resources you could use for each lesson (because it’s REALLY easy to find authres for units that are relavent).

Warning: This post may take you down a rabbithole reading about the upcoming season of your favorite show and/or get you hooked on a new one. 

Unit: NETFLIX 

Theme: Entertainment

AP Connections: Science and Technology, Contemporary Life 

 

Want to see if they can understand opinions and give their own?

I can understand opinions about popular shows and give my opinion about them.

I can identify positive/negative reviews about a show.  

Want to see how well they can describe people?

I can give basic information about key characters in a popular show.

*ASL teachers: You’ll love the video below about Millie Simmonds who stars in 2018’s A Quiet Place. (Recommended by ASL teacher – Matt Hochkeppel)

 

 

Want to see if they can compare two different things?

I can compare series produced in different countries.

Examples: La Treve (Belguim),  Velvet (Spain), Dark (Germany)

I can compare my favorite show with one from another culture. 

I can compare characters.

I can compare different seasons of the same show. 

Want to see if they know their numbers?

I can talk about salaries, production costs, and release dates from my favorite Netflix show. 

*BTW…The pay for the Stranger Things cast is outrageous. It is very talk-about-able

Want to see how well they can understand or use the past or imperfect tenses?

I can order key events in a Netflix series when I read.

I can retell what happened in an important episode.

 

Want to see if they can ask questions?

I can interview a native speaker about their Netflix/entertainment preferences.

I can find out about a new show in a conversation.

 

Want to see if they know commands?

I can explain to someone the steps on how to use Netflix for the first time. 

Want to show them something relevant from the target culture?

I can investigate which Netflix shows are most popular in other countries.

I can compare a show from (target culture) to another show I know.

*Are you curious about which shows are most popular in other countries? You need to watch the video below. 

Want to see if they can use the future tense?

I can predict what will happen in the next episode/season.

*Show a trailer from a show from the target culture. What’s going to happen? What’s your prediction?

 

Want to see if they know subjunctive?

I can recommend a show to someone based on their preferences.

Have native speakers visit, tell about their personality, favorite movie or show, and then let students pick a new show to recommend for them.  

Want to measure their vocab (prior knowledge) + still learn something new?

This unit would probably cover a ton of traditional vocabulary (places, names, descriptions, events, ages, nationalities, clothing/style, jobs, etc) and but also push students to learn new words/phrases/jargon like:

Episode, season, documentaries, series, director, leading actor, writer, trending shows, release date, new arrivals, genres, recommendations based on your viewing history, binge-worthy, download, stream, award-winning, starring, based on, reboot, etc.

 

 

What links, social media accounts, websites would you recommend for a Netflix unit? 

What other themes or units have you used to upcycle at the start of a new year?

Share your ideas and inspiration below.

 

Confession: I had WAY too much fun playing with these ideas, researching, and looking at authres about these shows. If it’s this entertaining for the teacher, I have to believe students would love it, too. Remember, you know your school/students – choose shows/resources that are appropriate for your classes. – Megan Smith

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